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    I've mulled this over for the longest time and have thought of actually giving it a shot just as a fun trial. Is there anyway I can win my league this upcoming season by drafting only American players? I think it'd be tough but it's not out of the question.

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    The US Olympic team. Done!

    It's possible, but that's quite the handicap on you at the draft table
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dobber View Post
    The US Olympic team. Done!

    It's possible, but that's quite the handicap on you at the draft table
    The American Olympic team was my first thought too. Why think too much about when the experts who picked this team have already done the work for you.

    If you are seriously considering doing this, I would probably take a look at who was invited to the Olympic camp, just in case you can't get all the guys who actually made the team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dobber View Post
    The US Olympic team. Done!

    It's possible, but that's quite the handicap on you at the draft table
    The Olympic team did not contain trouba, Seth jones, galchenyuk, okpo, half our outstanding goalie depth
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    I don't think it's possible. While you focus on just Americans, other GMs will be focusing on taking the best player for their team, which would include Americans. It's not like you would have all the top Americans. If you chose Quick in the first round for example, no way Kessel makes it back to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfcollins View Post
    I don't think it's possible. While you focus on just Americans, other GMs will be focusing on taking the best player for their team, which would include Americans. It's not like you would have all the top Americans. If you chose Quick in the first round for example, no way Kessel makes it back to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfcollins View Post
    I don't think it's possible. While you focus on just Americans, other GMs will be focusing on taking the best player for their team, which would include Americans. It's not like you would have all the top Americans. If you chose Quick in the first round for example, no way Kessel makes it back to you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by newfcollins View Post
    I don't think it's possible. While you focus on just Americans, other GMs will be focusing on taking the best player for their team, which would include Americans. It's not like you would have all the top Americans. If you chose Quick in the first round for example, no way Kessel makes it back to you.
    Haha, yeah this was my thought as well. If they you do all of your picks first and THEN they did the draft, then you might stand a chance.

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    Risky idea, but sounds fun. There's a guy in my league who only drafts Canadians, which is obviously easier to pull off cause most of the league is Canadian (but it hurts him in net for sure).

    If you do this, make sure to post up your roster. Will be interesting to see how you did.

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    Didn't Brian Burke try this already?


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    Somebody on these forums did this with Russians a few years back (I think it was hockeypoolgeek).
    I think you could be successful if you could get them at fair values, but you'd pay to much to get them along the way. You'd have to do it without telling anyone in your league what you were up to. Then you'd have a shot at negotiating fairly.
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